Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gakugeidaigaku













Oooo I love Gakuegeidaigaku.
Even saying it out loud is fun. Go on. Try it. Gaku-gei-dai-gaku. You love it!
Okay I promise this is my last Toyku Toyoko Line suburb! And what a goodie to end on!
Gakugeidaigaku is a quiet little suburban town with lots of winding alleyways dotted with mikan trees, a second hand bookshop or two, one of Tokyo's hippest hotels, and of course no town would be Hello-Sandwich-Fan-Club complete without some lovely zakka shops! Best yet, Gakugeidaigaku is mamachari-riding distance from Nakameguro, Jiyugaoka and Shibuya. Hello Perfect Suburb!



Pretty Hiki-chan!


Claska rooftop





It helped that I had the best Gakugeidaigaku tour guide ever who took me to the wonderful Baden Baden Interior shop.

BADEN BADEN
2-31-7 Chuo-chu, Meguro-ku







Hiki-chan also took me to best second hand book shop where I got Banana Yoshimoto + Yoshitomo Nara's Argentine Hag book and one of Ryoji Arai-san's children's book for less than $15AUD. ありがとう ひきーちゃん!



You will love Gakugeidaigaku I'm sure!
Love Love
Hello (omote)Sando
xxx

22 comments:

  1. Nice! I hope I get to visit Japan this Fall! I'm planning and keeping my fingers crossed

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  2. Oh I just want to say a GIANT BIG THANK YOU for posting all these amazing places in Tokyo. I'm living in Sendai at the moment but pop down to Tokyo every so often, and now I don't feel so incredibly overwhelmed and a ever-so slightly lost. You show us those little sparkly places that are too small for tourist maps but are the brightest places! I can't wait for your zine!!!!

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  3. great post! thanks for all the info.
    lovely to see hiki too :)

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  4. Thank you for the beautiful photos! I always loved saying Gakugeidaigaku too.
    I lived on the Toyoko-sen (at Daikanyama) and my husband's old host family were near Jiyugaoka so we visited that area a lot. And GGDG was where we went to Daei to buy futons and kotastsu covers and things like that. You're right, it's a perfect neighbourhood.

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  5. All your Tokyo post are really great! I haven't been to Gakugeidaigaku for a long long time! I must go check out that second hand bookstore! Thanks for the info!

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  6. Oooooh so beautiful! So enjoying your suburb posts! Am really going to miss them - don't stop! xx

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  7. gakugeidaigaku is a good place to live in tokyo.i do :-)its really hard to teach a 3yr old to say where she lives though... i like your photos.and hiki knows i like that bookstore too.did you eat at the cake shop opposite? their packaging is very cute.

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  8. The Tokyo Suburbs are always the best places to visit if really want to see how NORMAL Japanese folk live and visit their awesome cafes and shops!

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  9. loved this! i have always wanted to visit tokyo. the suburbs look superb.

    xo.
    "miss" james.

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  10. You make Tokyo look so attractive and it's so magical how you turn each part of tokyo into such hello sandwichy!! I'm also so enjoying your posts :)

    Melinda, I so wanted to take her to Matterhorn the cake shop, but it was closed on that day! Another reason why hello sando must come back to gaku-dai!!!!

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  11. Please dont stop...i adore all of your photos and commentary of these charming places!

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  12. I love this post. It brought back lots of great memories for me. My very first time in Japan I worked near Gagugeidaigaku (so fun to say!). Thanks for transporting me back a "few" years!

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  13. Oh I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that amazing container garden!! Thank you for posting it, very inspiring.

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  14. YAY! Claska rooftop!! I love it there :)

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  15. i'm afraid i wil love Gakugeidaigaku. :)

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  16. Gaku-gei-dai-gaku; Gaku-gei-dai-gaku; Gaku-gei-dai-gaku... I'm trying hard but... need some more practice ;-)

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  17. heee~ hikisan! sugoi, we can see her now!
    she looks so pretty <3

    ebonychan, im so glad we have the same aesthetics in Japan's city.....all these photos you took, i feel like i could take the same photos! i love your eye for lonely streets that may have been forgotten, but have so much substance to them.
    and i absolutley LOOOVE the top picture of japans buildings. i have always had a thing for those type of photos.
    LOVE IT, thank you for always sharing!!!

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  18. you have a really lovely blog!

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  19. how lovely all those plants at the outside of the house.

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  20. Oh this made me suck my breath in and come over all nostalgic for the houses I stayed in in Japan. Not in Tokyo, but in other places. Thank you!

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  21. sounds so exciting!!
    Lucky girl...

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  22. I used to live here quite some time ago (1980) and I loved every waking second of it! I was one of the few gaijins in my area. I learned so much and I would love to go back......but then I woke up.... :(

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